EAST WENATCHEE — Here are the nuts and bolts of Fasteners Inc.’s new building: it’s big, it’s bold and it’s expected to bustle.
“The company’s making a big statement with this new building,” said branch manager Robb Goembel. “We’re a leader in the industry and growing steadily. We want people to say, ‘oh yeah, I know that cool building — it’s the new place for Fasteners.’”
The hardware and industrial supply company, located in Wenatchee for nearly 20 years, will move across the Columbia River in mid-October to occupy part of its new 32,000-square-foot building that’s just a hammer’s toss from Costco.
“It’s located in what we think is the hub of new commercial development in East Wenatchee,” said Goembel. “Close to Costco, across the street from Coastal Farm & Ranch, not far from Town Toyota, and easy to get to from just about anywhere.”
Fasteners, located for two decades in a former freight warehouse in South Wenatchee, has simply outgrown its space, said operations manager Ken Sinko. “We’ve shown growth every year, even during the recession, and it’s forced us to physically expand the building — a little bit here, a little bit there — until we can’t add on much more.”
Fasteners sells all types of hardware — tools, paints, pneumatics and hoses, janitorial supplies, and, of course, nails, screws, nuts and bolts — to both retailers, businesses and the average Joe-or-Jane customers who walk in off the street. It also has a large online store. The company is affiliated with the Do It Best supplier, which has 4,000 locations across the country.
“The design of our new building encourages walk-in trade with lots of parking and a welcoming entrance,” said Goembel. “We hope to increase that portion of the business, helping regular folks to find the stuff they need for their projects.”
The company searched for a suitable location for nearly five years, said Goembel, before settling on the 2.5-acre site in East Wenatchee. “The price was right, the size suited our needs and the timing was perfect,” he said.
The site also provides Fasteners with easier entry and exit for its twice-daily deliveries to Wenatchee Valley customers. “Nice clear streets at our doorstep and a major road (Highway 28) right nearby,” said Goembel. Streets around the company’s current location can get clogged with semi rigs and busy rush-hour traffic on-and-off the George Sellar Bridge. “And during the Apple Blossom Festival? Let’s not even talk about that.”
The Spokane-based, 14-store company — led by owner Dennis Hanson — decided against the usual “suburban metal-warehouse look,” said Goembel, and instead asked architects to give the building a more distinctive style. The result is a wooden lattice of glue-laminated timbers that runs the full length of the building to frame floor-to-roofline windows.
Fasteners will occupy 13,000 square feet of the new building — that’s about 5,000 square feet larger than the current space — while one or two tenants share the new structure’s remaining 19,000 square feet.
Fasteners’ bosses said they’ll close their Wenatchee location on a Friday evening in October and reopen Monday in East Wenatchee. During that weekend, they’ll box-up $400,000 in inventory — hand tools, power tools, cleaning chemicals and and a warehouse loaded with fasteners — and make the trip to the new building in a new city in a new county.
“Everything else stays the same,” said Goembel. “Phone number, web address, employees, customer service. The new building’s the real difference — and it’s a big one.”